January 27th, 2022   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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Chinese New Year (the year of the tiger in 2022) falls on 1st February and marks the start of a traditional period of celebration that has spread from Asia and is now embraced by communities across the globe. The precise date of Chinese New Year varies from year to year as it is based on […]

January 21st, 2022   |  
Author: jack Hunter   |  
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Apart from saints such as Valentine or Patrick, very few people are so revered they have a national day celebrated not just in their own country but abroad. Guy Fawkes night is mainly limited to the UK and commemorates a death rather than life. And Star Wars Day on May 4th – as in may the […]

January 13th, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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If you actually need an excuse for a good curry then rest easy, because international hot and spicy food day falls on January 16th. If you prefer a fiery chili or if Chinese food gets your juices flowing then that’s equally acceptable and a great way to blast out those winter chills. Pepper, chili, turmeric, […]

January 6th, 2022   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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So, how are the New Year resolutions going? Does that one remaining festive bottle of wine remain uncorked?  Have you succumbed to chocolate yet? Are your daily steps on target? There’s nothing new about New Year resolutions in fact we’ve been setting them – and breaking them – for 4,000 years.  It started with the […]

December 16th, 2021   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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How would you fancy celebrating Christmas this year with a delicious feast of caterpillar? Or perhaps a small decomposed bird wrapped in seal skin? Your reaction may be similar to someone who has never tasted Christmas Pudding before and is advised to mix breadcrumbs, dried fruit, treacle, suet and a sixpence in a bowl, then […]

December 10th, 2021   |  
Author: jack Hunter   |  
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Bavaria provides the backdrop to some of the most chilling of folk tales – from Krampus, the horned creature that scares naughty children, to the terrifying tatzelwurm, a lizard beast with the face of a cat and poisonous breath. The inspiration for many of the Brothers Grimm tales, even today its medieval streets and castles […]

November 18th, 2021   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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Do you remember harvest festivals when you were at school? No doubt many of you recall bringing in tinned goods that had sat at the back of your parents’ cupboards for decades (obviously there were no best before dates back then!). Harvesting has, of course, been around for a long, long time! Once mankind stopped […]

October 21st, 2021   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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Ever wondered what the most popular cuisine in the world is? How does the classic bangers and mash compare with Coq au vin? In the world food league does a Thai curry come higher than a chili con carne and is a paella top banana or relegation fodder? Well, thankfully, the argument has been settled. […]

October 7th, 2021   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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Imagine as a child if you failed to do the washing up and then tried to give the excuse that the dirty dishes were in fact part of an important historical record. I suspect most parents would give short shrift to such notions  however it’s thanks to such foresight/laziness that we know the origins of […]

September 30th, 2021   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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There’s no doubt that plant-based diets are on the rise and with 1st October marking World Vegetarian Day, it seems there’s a variety to suit every taste. Broadly speaking, vegetarianism is an abstinence from meat and by-products of animal slaughter. Veganism extends this to all animal products including eggs and dairy. In between there are […]